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Healing Hounds - Canine Massage Therapy

Massage is an ancient therapeutic treatment and civilisations throughout history have recognised the healing power of human touch, especially in Eastern cultures; it is the oldest form of healing known to man.

Warnham Mill Vets

Most pack animals will take part in grooming themselves and others and will often have their injuries licked by other members of the group. As an owner we recognise that dogs like to be stroked as this tends to soothe and calm them. Canine massage therapy (myotherapy) can be considered an extension of both of these activities.

The techniques used are the same as those in human massage and can be used to rehabilitate from injury where there are issues with discomfort, lameness and mobility and can promote the relaxation of tight, inflexible muscles to improve their elasticity and range of movement.

Canine massage therapy is non-invasive and when used in conjunction with conventional veterinary medicine can provide a number of benefits:

  • By improving circulation of blood, massage can increase the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles decreasing recovery time from exercise, injury and fatigue. ¬†
  • Massage¬† can aid the release and disposal of waste products such as lactic acid which can relieve soreness, tension and stiffness and improve tone, resulting in firmer muscles and increased elasticity
  • By improving the efficiency of the lymphatic system and assisting in the dispersal of excess tissue fluids and oedema
  • Massage can relieve tension and stiffness (by releasing tight muscles and tendons) especially around the joints maintaining flexibility and restoring or increasing the range of motion, which could result in better posture and body alignment.
  • By increasing the blood flow helps nourishes the skin improving tone and elasticity. It stimulates the sebaceous glands, helping to rid the skin surface of dead cells and make the coat shine with natural health
  • Massage can reduce heart rate, slow respiration rate and deepen the breathing calming over-anxious dogs by inducing a more relaxed state.

Canine massage therapy may benefit the following conditions:

  • Intermittent lameness
  • Soft tissue injuries including muscle and tendon strains
  • Osteo-arthritis (DJD)
  • OCD
  • Dysplasia
  • Spondylosis
  • Poor coat and some skin conditions
  • Postsurgical recovery
  • Convalescing from injury such as sprains or fractures

The areas of overcompensation that some of these conditions produce can be debilitating, affecting a number of normal day-to-day activities. Canine massage therapy can help to reduce soreness, tension, overcompensation and old muscular injuries.
In addition, canine myotherapy can be performed prior to events such as agility, showing and obedience to physiologically and psychologically prepare the dog and also post-event, to cool down, relax, help to help eliminate toxins and identify any injury.

Most conditions, but not all, will require veterinary consent before massage therapy can be performed hence acknowledging the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemption Order 1962. Massage can be performed at either your home or at the surgery depending on where the dog will be less stressed.

We now offer canine myotherapy and massage with Sarah Lane, a Galen trained myotherapist. For an appointment telephone our Warnham Mill Surgery on 01403 588066